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Emerging Leaders Council

Emerging Leaders Council seeks to engage and develop the next generation of Rogel leaders

Filip Bednar, MD, PhD; Timothy Frankel, MD; and Marina Pasca di Magliano, PhD confer over an image of cancer cells


The mission of the Rogel Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is to engage and develop the next generation of Rogel Cancer Center leaders. The ELC serves to advocate on behalf of early career Rogel faculty members, to highlight promising new research opportunities, approaches, and technologies likely to be impactful for members, and to lead selected research program-focused as well as center-wide initiatives and activities.

Composition, Selection, and Terms of Service

The ELC is comprised of 15 Rogel Cancer Center members who are within ten years of their initial faculty appointment as assistant professors at the University of Michigan at the time when they assume their appointment to the council. In 2023, we will appoint five additional members to the council, each for a three-year term of service.

A self-nomination process is used to identify potential council members. The materials needed for consideration are a 1-2 page letter of interest and up-to-date NIH bio sketch from interested members. The call for nominations will be made annually to all Rogel Cancer Center Core members roughly one-month in advance of the receipt date for materials. Selection of council members will be made by a committee comprised of selected Rogel senior leaders. Efforts will be made to ensure that the council is diverse and inclusive and is balanced across research areas in terms of scientific focus and approach and Rogel research program appointment, and is welcoming to all without bias in race, color, sex, religion, national origin, and disability.

The council members will select and appoint a chair and two vice-chairs, who will each serve one-year terms. There is the potential for renewal for an additional one-year term, depending on the voting preferences of the council members.

Council Member Roles and Responsibilities

The council chair will participate in selected Rogel Senior Leadership Council meetings as well as the monthly Rogel Executive Committee Meetings. The two vice-chairs will participate in the monthly Rogel Executive Committee Meetings.

The council will meet monthly (more frequently as needed), to identify high priority issues and opportunities of interest and importance to early career Rogel faculty members, as well as items that should be brought to the attention to the Rogel leadership for assistance in developing and implementing program and center-wide initiatives and activities.

Council members will be expected to participate regularly and actively in the full range of Rogel Cancer Center activities, including research program meetings and retreats, seminars and lectures, and education and training and outreach activities.


Benefits of serving on the Rogel ELC include:

  • obtaining a deeper understanding of the Rogel Cancer Center's mission, vision, and strategies
  • providing strategic input to Rogel leadership at various meetings and forums
  • having the opportunity to interact with internal and external leaders in cancer research
  • being listed on the Rogel Cancer Center website and promoted internally and externally

Support will be available for ELC members to pursue selected leadership training activities.

The Rogel Cancer Center's Emerging Leaders Council is comprised of early career faculty interested in becoming more involved in the cancer center. Members serve to:

  • advocate on behalf of early career Rogel Cancer Center faculty members
  • highlight promising new research opportunities, approaches and technologies likely to be impactful for all members
  • lead selected research program-focused as well as center-wide initiatives and activities

There are 15 council members. A typical term is 3 years. 

Christina Angeles, MD

Christina Angeles, M.D.

Erin Cobain, MD

Erin Cobain, M.D.

Justin Colacino, PhD, MPH

Justin Colacino, Ph.D., M.P.H.
CCPS (Vice Chair)

Donnele Daley, MD

Donnele Daley, M.D.

Amanda Garner

Amanda Garner, Ph.D.

Daniel Hertz, PhD

Daniel Hertz, Ph.D.

Will Jackson, MD

Will Jackson, M.D.

Robert Knoerl, PhD, RN

Robert Knoerl, Ph.D., R.N.

David Lipps, PhD

David Lipps, Ph.D.

Kristen Pettit, MD

Kristen Pettit, M.D.

Sethuramasundaram Pitchiaya, PhD

Sethuramasundaram Pitchiaya, Ph.D.

Angel Qin, MD

Angel Qin, M.D.
TACR (Vice Chair)

Archana Radhakrishnan, MD, MHS

Archana Radhakrishnan, M.D., M.H.S.

Simpa Salami, MD, MPH

Simpa Salami, M.D., M.P.H.
TACR (Chair)

Paul Swiecicki, MD

Paul Swiecicki, M.D.